NAC CEO Interviews Soon: Health Minister

APPLICATIONS for the position of National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC)chief executive officer are trickling in with interviews set to be held soon. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo told HealthTimes that the response to the call for applications was overwhelming. “Then the issue of the CEO there are people who have applied and we are going to be conducting interviews soon,” he said. Government has since requested organisations even those in the HIV sector to submit their applications. Six people from the sector submitted…

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NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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Govt dissolves NAC board

GOVERNMENT has dissolved the National Aids Council (NAC) board with immediate effect, barely a year after its appointment. SOURCE: The Herald In a letter dated March 4, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the dissolution followed concerns by stakeholders on appointment of the board, which was deemed improper. “Further to our meeting of the 30th of January 2019, where it was noted that the NAC board was improperly appointed, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has concurred to the dissolution of the NAC board…

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“We never said Sexual Consent Age Should Be Reduced To 12”

PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health Chairperson, Dr Ruth Labode says the committee’s plea for government to avail Sexual Reproductive Health and contraceptives to adolescents and young girls was misquoted and misrepresented. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Labode says her committee has always been pushing for government to consider availing sexual reproductive health services such as contraceptives to young girls and boys to avoid unwanted pregnancies and the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). “We were actually at an induction workshop in Kadoma, we have been pushing…

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Fiscal Austerity and the health sector

OVER the years, analysis of the Health budget has tended to restrict itself to examining conformity with the Abuja Declaration which state that at least 15% of the national budget must be allocated to health. By Taurai Nyandoro Nonetheless, the approach presents limitations in that it reduces us to celebrate a mere satisfaction of the 15% threshold, without evaluating the salient propositions on specific allocations such as unbalanced appropriations in favour of policy and administration versus direct service delivery and value for money. The latter becomes important taken in light…

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NAC Warns Against Drug Abuse and Junky Foods

THE intake of dangerous drugs, fatty foods and other medicines could weaken the effect of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) in the human body as this may lead to liver damage and increased toxicity, the National Aids Council (NAC) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Speaking at the Civil Society Treatment Support Literacy meeting in Mutare, NAC provincial manager for Harare Mr Adonija Muzondiona said the action of ARVS may be affected by certain other medicines. “This can reduce their effectiveness by lowering the amount of ARVs absorbed, leading to…

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Africaid Suspends Zvandiri Program In Nine Districts

AFRICAID says it will be suspending its Zvandiri initiative from Zaka, Insiza and Gutu and other six districts for the period October 2018 to September 2019, amidst indications that there has been a 67 percent cut in the level of funding from donors for the period the forthcoming year.   By Michael Gwarisa The Zvandiri program, run by Africaid, began in Zimbabwe in 2004 as a support group model for adolescents living with HIV. This program provides differentiated care for children, adolescents and young people living with HIV (aged 6–24…

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NAC Installs Condom Dispensers In Masvingo HIV Hotspots

THE National Aids Council (NAC) has rolled an extensive condom distribution drive in most HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) hotspots in Masvingo in a bid to reduce the high HIV burden in the province. By Michael Gwarisa in Masvingo province The initiative comes at the back of indications that the province is lagging behind in terms of condom uptake and usage making it difficult for programmers to realise meaningful results from their efforts as new cases of HIV and STIs are constantly increasing. According to NAC statistics, HIV prevalence…

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HIV Prevalence In Children Spikes in Masvingo

SHORTAGE of health care centres in Masvingo province has resulted in most babies being born HIV positive as most mothers miss out on antenatal visits, a National Aids Council official has said.   By Michael Gwarisa in Masvingo The province has a population of 1 386 604 according the 2012 census and an HIV prevalence of 12.8 percent and a total of 9 700 are children living with HIV despite various interventions by government and partners to eradicate the disease. Speaking to Journalist during an Editors Media tour in Masvingo,…

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Chirumhanzu School Records Pregnancy Outbreak

ORTON Drift Secondary School in Chirumhanzu district is grappling with numerous pregnancy cases with indications on the ground showing that 10 girls have confirmed pregnancies while 16 others have already eloped. By Michael Gwarisa in Chirumhanzu Speaking to Journalist on the side-lines of a National Aids Council (NAC) media tour, Chirumhanzu District Aids Coordinator (DAC), Mr Gwatirisa Masara said the lure of money and cars by the gold panners in the community had led to the spike in pregnancies. “There is actually a big problem with regards to the issue…

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